13/12/2018

South Burnett hide processing business beefed up

Jobs opportunities in Queensland’s South Burnett region have been beefed up thanks to an upgrade of the Teys Australia Murgon cattle hide processing facility.

 Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien said the expansion involved the construction of a sixth raceway at the Murgon facility, which will increase local capacity to process beef cattle hide for international and domestic businesses.

“This expansion will increase production and create more employment opportunities at the Teys Australia Murgon facility, providing a welcome boost to the local economy,” Mr O’Brien said.

“This project is a perfect example of the Federal Liberal and Nationals’ Government’s commitment to working with local business to deliver economic growth and strengthen our regional communities. As well as supporting seven jobs during construction, the expanded site is expected to support up to 12 ongoing jobs.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the expansion will bolster Queensland’s reputation as a producer of high-quality cattle hide.

“The facility in Murgon does excellent work, processing and adding significant value to raw hides. Their high-quality hides are proudly delivered to customers worldwide, where they are turned into finished leather for the automotive, furniture, luggage and footwear industries,” Mr McCormack said.

“Queensland’s agricultural industry is made up of many businesses that process locally grown products for market. This expansion will enable the Murgon facility to increase production on hides received from Teys’ primary processing sites from across the state.”

The $567,406 project was jointly funded with the Federal Liberal and Nationals’ Government investing $267,406 and Teys Australia Murgon Pty Ltd $300,000.
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